Understanding Relationship between Human Development Index and COVID Infection Rate - A Study of Districts in Maharashtra

Shodh Sarita Multidisciplinary Journal, Forthcoming

10 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2020

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Aparna Samudra

RTM Nagpur University - Department of Economics

Arunim Samudra

Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) - Manipal Institute of Technology

Date Written: December 1, 2020

Abstract

The recent pandemic due to Corona virus has thrown an unprecedented challenge before the world. No economy and society has been spared by the ill effects of the spread of this disease. The impact of this pandemic has not limited itself to the plunging economic growth, but has also impacted the core foundation of human development i.e. a healthy and long life. India is the second most affected nation of the world and Maharashtra is the most affected state in India. This paper investigates the relationship between Cumulative COVID cases and fatality and Human Development Index of the thirty five districts of Maharashtra using machine learning. An unexpected positive relationship emerges between HDI and COVID cases in Maharashtra. The paper further investigates the probable reasons for the same which can be a starting point for policy making.

Keywords: COVID cases, COVID fatality Human Development Index , Maharashtra

JEL Classification: O15, I15

Suggested Citation

Samudra, Aparna and Samudra, Arunim, Understanding Relationship between Human Development Index and COVID Infection Rate - A Study of Districts in Maharashtra (December 1, 2020). Shodh Sarita Multidisciplinary Journal, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3744687 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3744687

Aparna Samudra (Contact Author)

RTM Nagpur University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Nagpur, 440033
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Arunim Samudra

Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) - Manipal Institute of Technology ( email )

Manipal
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Manipal, Karnataka 576 104
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